Ross: President Trump says he tried to stop the chanting?
Here’s the sequence of events at that controversial North Carolina Trump rally. Trump starting to talk about Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota.
“Great state…” he says.
But then the crowd starts booing a heckler, and the heckler is removed.
“He goes home now to mommy and get reprimanded and that’s the end,” Trump adds as the heckler is taken away.
This gets the crowd going and as Trump continues, the chant begins.
“Send her back! Send her Back! Send her back!” the crowd chanted for 13.5 seconds.
The chant died out before he continued. There was no attempt to stop it.
Now in fairness, Trump may have been scared. He may have been scared that the crowd would turn on him if he defended the opposition. But it turns out this can be done. Because there was a political rally on November 4, 2016. The crowd became unruly, going after a heckler. So the president took control.
“Hold up!” President Obama said. “We live in a country that respects free speech, it looks like maybe he might have served in our military and we have to respect that, he was elderly and we got to respect our elders, and fourth of all, don’t boo – vote!”
And the crowd is under control.
So there’s no need to be scared! You’re the president! It can be done!